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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Fortress Carmine

By the looks of the clear skies and bright sunshine falling on Carmine's ancient walls this morning, it's going to be another hot, dry day.




This house is built on and around the living rock, right next to Carmine's Chiesa di San Gottardo. In my fantasy of what Carmine was like in the Middle Ages, it stood at the very heart of the ancient fortification. With its dark, low rooms, oversize fireplace, few windows and what to my mind can only have been an arrow-slit, perhaps this was Carmine's first house...


6 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

It must be hell.

Louise said...

Chairman Bill : thank-you for the first laugh of the day...I'm off to your blog for more... :-)

Debbie said...

I can't imagine being in that stone building with so few windows.

GutsyWriter said...

I feel like I'm back on a sightseeing tour of "old" Europe. Do you still love where you live? Does it get lonely for you or are you friends with many?

Louise said...

Hi all -- the picture's misleading. Where the arrow slit is - that's the level of the ground floor. There is just rock below that. The window is the upstairs room. The owner has been really sensitive to the original (and to local planning laws) in restoring the house. There isn't much light downstairs, but sitting beside the hearth under the ancient beams by firelight is a scene straight out of Brothers Grimm - wonderful. There is some outdoor space incorporated into the house so the owners aren't actually troglodytes -- who wants to spend too much time indoors when you live in such a beautiful place anyway?

Louise said...

Hi Gutsy Writer -- yes, I still love the place. Hard work with the two kids, but it's a priviledge to live here among the countryside and the wildlife. The community here and in our local town is full of kind, friendly people, and we really feel as if we've been taken to their hearts.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Fortress Carmine

By the looks of the clear skies and bright sunshine falling on Carmine's ancient walls this morning, it's going to be another hot, dry day.




This house is built on and around the living rock, right next to Carmine's Chiesa di San Gottardo. In my fantasy of what Carmine was like in the Middle Ages, it stood at the very heart of the ancient fortification. With its dark, low rooms, oversize fireplace, few windows and what to my mind can only have been an arrow-slit, perhaps this was Carmine's first house...


6 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

It must be hell.

Louise said...

Chairman Bill : thank-you for the first laugh of the day...I'm off to your blog for more... :-)

Debbie said...

I can't imagine being in that stone building with so few windows.

GutsyWriter said...

I feel like I'm back on a sightseeing tour of "old" Europe. Do you still love where you live? Does it get lonely for you or are you friends with many?

Louise said...

Hi all -- the picture's misleading. Where the arrow slit is - that's the level of the ground floor. There is just rock below that. The window is the upstairs room. The owner has been really sensitive to the original (and to local planning laws) in restoring the house. There isn't much light downstairs, but sitting beside the hearth under the ancient beams by firelight is a scene straight out of Brothers Grimm - wonderful. There is some outdoor space incorporated into the house so the owners aren't actually troglodytes -- who wants to spend too much time indoors when you live in such a beautiful place anyway?

Louise said...

Hi Gutsy Writer -- yes, I still love the place. Hard work with the two kids, but it's a priviledge to live here among the countryside and the wildlife. The community here and in our local town is full of kind, friendly people, and we really feel as if we've been taken to their hearts.